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14-year-old charged with shooting outside Denver school

A 14-year-old has been charged with a shooting outside DSST: Cole Middle School that left a Denver Public Schools student critically injured.
Credit: KUSA

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault in wake of a shooting that happened last week outside of DSST: Cole Middle School in northeast Denver.

The teen, who has not been identified since he has not been charged as an adult, was arrested hours after the Aug. 28 shooting.

The victim, a teenage boy who Denver Public Schools confirmed is a student in the district, was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition.

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According to a news release from the Denver District Attorney’s Office, the shooting happened after a “confrontation” on the Cole campus in the 3200 block of North Marion Street.

No additional details about what occurred or a potential motive were released.

There are 1,200 enrolled in the three schools near where the shooting occurred. Those schools are DSST: Cole High School, DSST: Cole Middle School, and Cole Arts and Science Academy.

Each of those facilities were placed on lockdown shortly after the shooting was reported.

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen declined to comment on if the shooting was gang-related.

The suspect was formally advised of the charges against him at a hearing Wednesday morning.